Marshall Stewart

Public Radio 89.5-1 Reporter & All Things Considered anchor

Marshall Stewart comes to KWGS after more than 30 years in radio news. He’s been an anchor, editor, producer, and reporter with a focus on government stories. He’s the recipient of numerous state awards and a 2006 Edward R. Murrow national award.

The Air Force veteran is a Ponca City native and Oklahoma State University alum and the proud father of three children and granddad to three granddaughters.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Carts to be Delivered Starting Monday

Carts awaiting delivery at NewSolutions
NewSolutions

Carts for the new trash collection system in Tulsa are arriving and the first group will be delivered to neighborhoods beginning Monday. Gary Percefull is with NewSolutions, the company that will operate the trash pickup service.

                

Percefull says with thousands of carts to deliver citywide, it’s a big job that will take some time to complete.

                                       

Chairman Jim Hinds of NewSolutions agrees it’s going to take time to get carts to everyone in every neighborhood.

                          

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Local & Regional
7:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

AA and Tulsa Union Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines Facility in Tulsa
KWGS News photo

DALLAS (AP) — A labor union says it has tentative contract agreements that would grant pay raises for mechanics and other ground workers at American Airlines.

The Transport Workers Union says a ratification vote will end in August before a federal bankruptcy court judge rules on whether American can impose its own terms for pay and benefits. The contract proposal calls for a 3% increase in pay. That is the same pay-hike offered to the pilot’s union.

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Local & Regional
10:46 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Discussions are on-going about how best to fund aerospace upgrades

Talks continue about how to fund aerospace improvements in Tulsa County. No final decision is yet made on what package,if any,to bring to voters. Business and political leaders agree something must be done to upgrade facilities for the airport and aerospace companies located in the area. County Commission Chairman John Smaligo believes his idea to extend the Vision 2025 program is gaining momentum.

Whatever decision’s made, time’s running out. Smaligo says to make the November ballot, action must be taken on a plan no later than early August.

Local & Regional
11:43 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Courthouse work will affect Denver Avenue traffic

More construction will slow pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Denver Avenue in downtown Tulsa. Crews are pouring piers for the entryway upgrade on the east side of the Tulsa County Courthouse. Project Manager Kirby Crowe says the sidewalk and one lane of Denver will be closed all week. The outside southbound lane is blocked off to vehicles. Crowe says it’s a good time to do the noisy work of pouring piers because there are no jury trials at the courthouse this week, so it won’t be too disruptive to court business.

Local & Regional
9:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Fake Cops target Hispanics

TPD

Tulsa Police are searching for some fake cops who robbed a man at the Bristol Park Apartments on East 45th Street South. 

Authorities say a man noticed he was being followed to his home at the apartments around midnight Sunday. Two men in a van got out and approached him.

The victim said the two men appeared to be law officers. They carried guns and radios and had badges attached to their belts.

Police say"Clearly they were impersonating officers.”

The fake cops are apparently targeting Hispanics, a group that detectives say often carry a lot of cash.

Local & Regional
10:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

American Airlines Contract Negotiations Expected to Resume

American Airlines mechanics union officers
KWGS News

A federal judge again delays a decision on whether to void union contracts at American Airlines. Transport Workers Union organizer Rick Mullings says it’s to give more time for negotiations to see if an agreement can be reached. He says talks have been on hold while the company negotiated with the pilots.

The pilots’ union board has agreed to order a ratification vote on American’s latest offer, and the company will resume negotiations with mechanics and flight attendants next week.

Local & Regional
2:04 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Tulsa's new fire chief takes the oath of office

Tulsa's new fire chief
KWGS News

Tulsa has a new fire chief.

A bell sounds signifying the passing of the Chief’s badge from Alan LaCroix to Ray Driskell. La Croix is retiring, and Driskell has been named the new head of the department. He knows finances are still tight, and he’s visited with the mayor about department needs. Safety and improvements to the medical services division are among his priorities. He also says he wants to focus more on those in the field, those doing the job day in and day out.

Driskell becomes only the 11th chief in the 100-year history of the Tulsa Fire Department.

Local & Regional
11:49 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Early heat wave hikes water usage in Tulsa

Members of the Tulsa Heat Coalition hold a briefing
KWGS News

Members of Tulsa’s Heat Coalition urge caution in this heat wave. They also have a reminder about water usage. It’s way up for this time of year. More gallons were used Monday than on any one day in all of June last summer. Bob Bledsoe with the city of Tulsa says 164 million gallons were consumed Monday, topping the highest usage day in June last year by 13 million gallons.

Local & Regional
2:17 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hottest temps of the year expected next week

Triple digit heat is expected in the Tulsa area next week. Last year was a record in Tulsa for ambulance transports due to heat related illnesses. EMSA Captain Chris Stevens doesn’t want to set a new record this summer. He reminds people the most important step is to stay hydrated.

Stevens says if you know you’re going to be out in the heat, start hydrating the night before…don’t wait until you’re outside to begin. Also, hats with wide brims, and light colored, loose fitting clothing are tips to keep in mind.

Local & Regional
12:16 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Port of Catoosa gets Grant to Improve Main Dock

KWGS News File photo

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa gets a federal grant to help upgrade the main dock. Port Director Bob Portiss says the 6.4 million dollar grant will cover about half the cost of the improvements. The project will increase capacity and provide a more modern cargo handling facility.

The rehab of the main dock will allow more than one million tons of iron and steel cargo a year to be handled at the Port.

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